We can understate, and say that the Bay Area isnt known as a hotbed of fundamentalist Christianity. Or we can overstate, and say that Bay Area music audiences would probably get violent if asked to sit through a set of gospel bluegrass. Midway, we might find that a band such as Hyperbole Mountain, which plays gospel bluegrass, sometimes has a hard time getting booked around here. It seems people dont like the God songs in their bar, even if the players are committed far more to the music than to the Word, and possibly in full-on ironic mode. Tonight, the group shares the stage with the Earl Brothers, who play your more normal variant of bluegrass, the whiskey-drinkin kind; people like that kind in their bar, a lot. Full disclosure: The lady in the floor-length, high-necked dress playing clawhammer banjo and singing tenor with Hyperbole Mountain is former SF Weekly staff writer Lessley Anderson. Just a thought: maybe book HM with faux-Jesus-loving punk band Knights of the New Crusade?
Fri., March 20, 9:30 p.m., 2009